My most popular posts in 2022 and other lists
15.01, Wednesday 21 Dec 2022 Link to this post
This is simultaneously the wrap-up post for 2022 and also the “Start here” post for new readers. Hello! You’ll find stats here and lots of links.
According to Google Analytics, my 5 most popular posts in 2022 were (in descending order):
- I wish my web server were in the corner of my room (10 Oct)
- Dunbar’s number and how speaking is 2.8x better than picking fleas (5 Apr)
- A meander through Martian minutes and the meaning of local time (18 Jan)
- Training my sense of CO2 ppm (14 Jul)
- Lightbulbs were so startup (18 May)
Here are some more! 20 most popular in 2022.
Often my personal faves don’t make the popular list. I’ve collected my favourite, most speculative posts, on topics like
- Interstellar travel and how to explore the galaxy
- Roko’s basilisk and how to escape it
- AIs as NPCs and in archives
- British hedges
Explore here: 20 speculative posts in 2022.
(Some posts have extra tags. Please do go spelunking if a topic catches your eye. Dolphins seem to come up a bunch.)
More starting points!
Along with the speculative stuff, I have a couple of other long-running themes:
- Policy, organisations, and innovation continues to fascinate. Explore posts tagged ‘political-fantasies’.
- Future multiplayer interfaces has become a touchpoint for thoughts on design, software, computing history, psychology, and more. I made a visualisation of the whole topic. Explore this map of posts about ‘togetherness’. (Background here.)
And then two posts which are outliers in different ways:
- Fiction: The Prompt Whisperer (8 Mar) – a near-future short story about something a little like GPT-3, creative work, and a person who is uncannily good at prompt engineering.
- Prototype: Action Cat (15 Dec) – this experimental voice bot joins your Zoom or Google Meet call, and transcribes in real-time to a hackable Google Sheets spreadsheet. A collab with Reduct.Video.
On The Prompt Whisperer: Bruce Sterling said, on Twitter,
It’s pretty good, too. I recommend a look at that. – which hands-down made my month.
(Dear reader: if you have a particular favourite post from 2022 which isn’t listed then I would love to know! It would be interesting feedback.)
Other ways to read and so on:
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This year I’ve been collecting nice things that people have said about my blog. From the file:
- Maggie Appleton on Twitter:
Titling is an underrated skill. @genmon has a special talent for it– I am delighted!
- Patrick Tanguay in Sentiers:
Matt Webb doing Matt Webb things– which I think is a compliment??
- Robin Sloan in his newsletter:
an effervescent fountain of ideas.Super kind and at least 50% because I’d just posted about fizzy gravy.
- 2018: 16 posts (19,259 words, 152 links)
- 2019: 8 posts (7,267 words, 78 links)
- 2020: 116 posts (94,349 words, 713 links)
- 2021: 128 posts (104,645 words, 765 links)
- 2022, to year end: 96 posts (104,636 words, 711 links)
So I’m coming up to three years of this “voice” – this frequency, these topics, a certain kind of structure to each post, this position on the dial that mixes speculative and yeah-I-kinda-mean-it-actually.
My current streak: I’ve been posting weekly or more for 143 weeks. Blimey.
I like writing! I’ll stop when it becomes a chore. For the moment this is my practice; my imagination happens in my fingers, and I figure things out by writing them down.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate you being here.
Update 30 Dec, 2022: Finalised 2022 stats, above.